North Street, Leighton Buzzard c.1920
(Croxfords centre right) [Z1306/72]
Friday 17th December 1915: For anyone considering what Christmas presents to buy for men at the Front or at home Mr. Leonard Croxford, tailor, clothier and outfitter of 44 North Street, Leighton Buzzard, has put forward a number of suggestions in an advertisement in the Leighton Buzzard Observer:
Remember the Boys at the Front
Get to know what most they need, then give it to them – a practical gift in the firing line will be triumph for the giver and a joy to the recipient. Here are a few suggestions.
Wool Jackets, Flannel Shirts,
Wool Socks, Scarves, Pants and Vests,Gloves, Mittens, handkerchiefs, etc., etc.,For the men who are still at home you are sure to find her just the things that will be appreciated –GIFTS OF THE PRACTICAL KINDWe suggest Flannel Shirts, Pyjamas, Pants and Vests, Wool Socks, Fancy Cashmere ditto, Gloves, Neckwear, Collars, Braces, Motor Scarves, Mufflers, Handkerchiefs, Hats, Caps, Umbrellas, Raincoats, Macintoshes, Travelling Rugs, Dressing Gowns, Trouser Press and Stretchers, etc.
For those who would prefer something other than clothing the advertisement of Horace Edward Herington M.P.S., Chemist, of 16 Market Square may be helpful.
CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR GIFTS FOR SOLDIER FRIENDS
Shaving Soap in Sticks
Pocket Shaving MirrorsMetal Soap CasesBody BeltsTrench PowderLuxuries for the Tuck BoxOxo CubesTea TabloidsMalted Milk TabletsMilk TabletsCafé Au LaitMixed Sweets in TinsAny parcel packed free of charge for post in the United Kingdom. If packed in canvas for abroad a small charge made for canvas.
Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 14th and 21st December 1915